Friday, 8 June 2012

Time for a cuppa? Make your own tea cosy.

There is nothing better on a cold winter's afternoon than a warm spot, good book and a cup of tea. Here's a useful little project that will keep your pot hot and your winter warm. 

We’ll start off by creating a pattern for your tea cosy – this pattern is made to fit the average 4-6 cup tea pot, but can be easily altered should your pot be larger.

  • Draw a rectangle 17cm x 28cm in size.
  • Grab a dinner plate (You’ll be using this to create the rounded corners at the top of your cosy). Fold your rectangle in half along the 17cm line. Place the plate on the top corner, aligning its outer edge with the rectangle and trace a curve between the two lines (See below)
  • Cut out and unfold patterns          


Having made your pattern it’s time to start sewing.
  • Cut your fabric – you’ll need 2 pieces of your main fabric, 2 pieces of the lining fabric and two pieces of batting or filler.
  • Pin a piece of your main fabric to your filler (Wrong side facing the filler) and stitch around the edge, securing the filler to the fabric. Repeat with the second piece of main fabric and the other cut of filler.
  • Pin a main/filling piece to one of the lining cuts, with the right sides of the fabrics facing one another and sew together along the base. Leave a 1.5cm seam allowance. Do the same for the other pieces of fabrics and filling.
  • Open each piece out so that the seam is facing towards the lining fabric and carefully iron. Remember not to use the iron directly on the filling or the whole venture will go up in smoke.

  • Put the two halves of the cosy together and pin, matching the seams where the main and lining fabric meet. Leave a gap of about 10cm in the seam of the lining when pinning so that you can turn the tea cosy right side out later.  Sew around the edges of the cosy leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance, but remember to MIND THE GAP, when it comes to the lining.
  • Turn the tea cosy right side out and close the gap in the lining.
  • Turn the lining into the main body of the cosy and, matching the main side seam and the lining side seam on each side, pin.
  • Stitch around the base of the cosy, just below where the main and lining fabric meet, to strengthen the base.

And there you have it. Now go put the kettle on and make yourself a cuppa. Alternatively you can visit where you’ll find this and other crafty goodies to tantalise your brain. 

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